Students get trucking: Schools, industry partner to train students to obtain CDL

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

WILLMAR — Jason Duininck has 20 jobs available right now at Duininck Inc. for applicants with a commercial driver's license.

He's concerned those jobs may not be filled.

His company is not alone.

According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, in the next decade central Minnesota is projected to have just over 4,000 job openings to fill — a combination of new positions and departing heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers. The 13-county region included in DEED's data stretches from Pine County to Renville County.

"The industry is needing so many drivers but nobody can find any," Duininck said.

In response to concerns about not filling those jobs, Duininck Inc. and a half-dozen other area businesses in the region teamed up with Ridgewater College, the Willmar School District and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District to provide a class this spring to help high school students obtain a CDL and be ready to fill one of those many available jobs.

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